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Shall We Dance? -- A successful but unhappy Japanese accountant finds the missing passion in his life when he begins to secretly take ballroom dance lessons.

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Release Date:
11 July 1997 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
He's an overworked accountant. She's an accomplished dancer. Passion is about to find two unlikely partners.
Plot:
A successful but unhappy Japanese accountant finds the missing passion in his life when he begins to secretly take ballroom dance lessons. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
57 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Ordinary yet extraordinary. Simply beautiful. See more (94 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kôji Yakusho ... Shohei Sugiyama
Tamiyo Kusakari ... Mai Kishikawa

Naoto Takenaka ... Tomio Aoki
Eri Watanabe ... Toyoko Takahashi (as Eriko Watanabe)
Yu Tokui ... Tokichi Hattori
Hiromasa Taguchi ... Masahiro Tanaka
Reiko Kusamura ... Tamako Tamura
Hideko Hara ... Masako Sugiyama
Hiroshi Miyasaka ... Macho
Kunihiko Ida ... Teiji Kaneko
Amie Toujou ... Hisako Honda
Ayano Nakamura ... Chikage Sugiyama
Katsunari Mineno ... Keiri-kachô
Tomiko Ishii ... Haruko Haraguchi
Maki Kawamura ... Eiko Miyoshi
Takako Matsuzaka ... Fusako Fukube
Kôichi Ueda ... Torakichi Kumada
Mari Nishino ... Wakako Takahashi
Shûichirô Moriyama ... Ryo Kishikawa
Kyôko Kagawa ... Keiko Kishikawa
Robert Hoffman ... Tomodachi
Nanea Hoffman ... Tomodachi

Angelique Midthunder ... Dancer (as Angelique Roehm)
Paradise Yamamoto ... Band Leader
Hidekazu Tanaka ... Tokihiko Okada
Yôko Tanaka ... Yoko Kishikawa
Goro Kataoka ... Jo Blues
Ren Ohsugi ... Sugiura - the Floor Manager
Yûdai Ishiyama ... Hama the Jitterbug
Hirotarô Honda ... Farewell Party Host

Masahiro Motoki ... Hiromasa Kimoto

Misa Shimizu ... Natsuko
Akira Emoto ... Toru Miwa
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Directed by
Masayuki Suo 
 
Writing credits
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Masayuki Suo 

Produced by
Yoichi Arishige .... associate producer
Kazuhiro Igarashi .... producer
Tetsuya Ikeda .... chief producer
Hiroyuki Kato .... producer
Shôji Masui .... producer
Shigeo Minakami .... assistant producer
Yûji Ogata .... producer
Shigeru Ohno .... producer
Yasuyoshi Tokuma .... executive producer
Yasuharu Urushido .... producer
 
Original Music by
Yoshikazu Suo 
 
Cinematography by
Naoki Kayano 
 
Film Editing by
Jun'ichi Kikuchi 
 
Casting by
Tetsu Maeda 
 
Production Design by
Kyôko Heya 
 
Set Decoration by
Yoshihito Akatsuka 
 
Makeup Department
Mikiko Hayama .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Yoshino Sasaki .... production manager
Masamitsu Washizu .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hideaki Satô .... assistant director
Gen Yamakawa .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Kiyoshi Yoneyama .... sound editor
Kiyoshi Yoneyama .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tatsuya Osada .... lighting director
 
Editorial Department
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... conforming editor
 
Other crew
Christopher Gambale .... assistant to harvey weinstein
Howard Smith .... operator: remote head
Toshihisa Watai .... production coordinator
Toshio Watari .... choreographer
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Shall we dansu?" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for mild language
Runtime:
136 min | 119 min (cut version)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the first scene, a man's shoe in close-up plunges into a black pool in the street. This symbolizes the world renowned Ballroom Dancing Competition in Blackpool, England, referenced later in the film.See more »
Quotes:
Mai Kishikawa:A weak first step transmits nothing.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
Save the Last Dance for MeSee more »

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44 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Ordinary yet extraordinary. Simply beautiful., 5 October 2004
Author: ms_jade_li from MI

Watched this last night and was bowled over by the heartfelt story line, the excellent character development, and the good karmic vibe emanating from the acting and movie as a whole.

Without giving away too much of the plot, it begins with an ordinary joe who commutes to his office job every day who becomes inspired to take dance lessons. Along the way the protagonist and the assorted characters he meets in his quest to be smooth on the dance floor learn lessons about others and about themselves.

The story has a prologue about what dancing in Japan symbolizes sociologically, so it isn't exactly as simple to learn to dance in Japan as it is here in the U.S.

The film is lighthearted; you'll laugh out loud at some of the sight gags. Yet it is also dignified in a way hard to describe. All of the film's characters are taken seriously, as they are, and none are diminished because of their "imperfections."

I've been thinking about taking social dance classes with some friends. It just so happened a friend lent me the video on learning to dance. Is this synchronous or what? I think so because now I'm really geeked to give it a try.

Watch this wonderful family film (small children might not get it, but teens certainly would) and smile at the genuine caring you see shown in it time and again.

Why they would make a remake of Shall We Dance is a mystery, as it is perfect as-is.

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